THE HOMECOMING QUEEN – January 10th – February 11th

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World Premiere Play
Directed by AWOYE TIMPO
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W 16th St

A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she’s long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have. Atlantic is thrilled to welcome Ngozi Anyanwu (Good Grief) for her Off-Broadway debut!

“Anyanwu offers distinctive but universal characters and a bleak yet comforting outlook on the human condition that hint at a long future!” – The Hollywood Reporter


Please note that the codes are good for previews ONLY (1/10 – 1/21), based on availability.

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Harlem High End Designer Tag Sale

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New Year, New You!

A new beginning is just around the corner and our New Year, New You guide has everything you need to help you bring in a balanced, healthy and revived 2018.


Mindful Harlem | Through mindfulness and meditation practices, this community hub creates joy and effective engagement by exploring the collective wisdom and resources of our diverse and colorful neighboorhood.  READ HERE

I Have A Dream Workshop | Start the year off right with an intensive workshop designed to help you access your dreams. Led by DREAMLEAPERS founder and motivational coach Harriette Cole, you will participate in a meditation exercise followed by vision boarding.  READ HERE

Harlem Churches | Nothing feels better than your spirit being renewed. Check out some uptown gospel as you start off 2018 centered on God.  READ HERE


Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture | Aches and pains got you down? Need something more than a pill or a salve can handle? Take a holistic approach!  Harlem Chi uses Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to address a variety of health and wellness concerns.  READ HERE

Harlem Cycle| In Harlem’s 1st bicycling studio, they pay attention to all the details with a focus on one thing:  providing the best classes possible. Get your summer body in gear at Harlem Cycle!  READ HERE

Cohen’s Fashion Optical | See and be seen in style! Featuring a large selection of designer eyewear, Cohen’s Fashion Optical comes correct with the latest styles for the whole family.  READ HERE

Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry | Bring in the new year with a brand new smile! Utilizing the latest innovations in braces for people of all ages. Dr. Robertson uses these technologies to shorten and perfect the orthodontic process.  READ HERE

Harlem YMCA | Conveniently located in central Harlem, membership is affordable and programs are plenty for Harlemites seeking classes and workshops on social responsibility and healthy living.  READ HERE

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Once on this Island

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Swing with us at Dizzy’s in the New Year

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Help for the Holidays

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By Kysha Harris, Food Editor, @SCHOPgirl

Image courtesy of Cupcake Queen Raven

Happy holidays from all us here at Experience Harlem! We know the big day is creeping up on us. After that Indian summer, we thought there might be a mild winter. Alas, ole man
winter seems to want to be giving us a white Christmas now. Are you ready? No? Neither are we! So to help all of us Experiencers out, we have compiled some of the Harlem chefs and
food makers that will help you shine as bright as the star on the top of your tree.

Let us begin with our fearless food editor, Kysha Harris (a.k.a. me, She has been cooking for busy urban professionals for going on sixteen years now. One of
her personalized home cooking packages makes the perfect gift those culinarily-challenged loved ones in your life. She also offers event planning and in-home catering packages.

As the Talent Manager for Harlem EatUp!, I was introduced to a bevy of talented Harlem chefs serving everything from that good “laissez les bons temps rouler” N’awlins food to
modern American food. These chefs are not playing.

You will never, ever see Vaughn Moore of Mere’s Viola
Catering ( not dressed to the nines. His fashion is just an indication of the amount of detail he puts in his food. From boudin to baking, Vaughn will
give you that bead throwing, Zydeco playing, Mardi Gras good time.

One can fall love with food of Darshellia Butler of Skillet Rose
( at first sight. It is some pretty, pretty food you cannot stop looking at to eat, but once it hits your mouth…baby…it tastes even better. With her signature
hair, Chef Butler is giving you rock-n-roll food with jazz hands. Get into it!

There are more Harlem food makers who can make your holiday season a little easier like Adolis Tesfamariam of Lovely Rita ( who will soon be opening in
Harlem. And for those holiday sweets, Raven Palmer of Cupcake Queen Raven ( and Lynee Jordan of Granapoos Creations ( will deliver the perfect holiday ending.

For more awesome Harlem holiday ideas visit our 2017 #ShopHarlem Holiday & Events Guide.

Shop local. Eat local. Celebrate local. Christmas in Harlem!

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for over 15 years. Follow her on Twitter and
Instagram, @SCHOPgirl, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc, and her blog,

Urban Professional Mixer: Holiday Party with a Purpose

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Urban Professionals Mixer – Holiday Party with a Purpose
Urban Professionals Mixer
3rd Annual “Holiday Party with a Purpose”
Wednesday, December 13th
637 West 50th St. New York, NY 10019
6:00pm – 11:00pm$30 online payment 12/7 – 12/13, (noon cut-off)
$40 at the door.
Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres Provided
Drink Specials All Night
This year, our mission and a portion of our profits are for not one, but TWO causes – fighting Prostate Cancer and Hurricane Relief efforts in the Caribbean! And yes, we are doing the annual Toy Drive! (Optional: Bring an unwrapped toy to cheer up a pediatric patient at the Sydenham Clinic in Harlem)
Over 1,500 Metro New York area professionals expected. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with multiple black professional organizations at one of our premiere events!
Hosted by:
Black Data Processing Association (BDPA)
Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY)
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
New York Empire State Medical Association (NYESMA)
New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP)
One Hundred Black Men (OHBM)

Experience Harlem 2017 #ShopHarlem Holiday Gift & Events Guide

There’s no place like Harlem, and with scores of local entrepreneurs, small businesses, artists and artisans, there’s no better place to shop for all of your holiday needs. While you’re doing that, ring in the season with rich cultural events for family, friends and neighbors, all infused with the energy that has made Harlem an iconic community. Ho! Ho! Ho! from us at EXPERIENCE HARLEM —Harlem doesn’t have a St. Nicholas Avenue for nothing, you know.

Men = M
Women = W
Kids = K
Home = H
Pets = P

Delight and dress up the men or male-identified folks on your list this holiday with picks from the following Harlem shops:

Harlem Haberdashery
245 Lenox Ave, 646 707 0070,
Just stepping inside of Harlem Haberdashery is an experience worth savoring. The retail expression of 5001 Flavors almost exclusively features unique designs; and inventory ranges from unique Ts to more bespoke accessories, like the fast selling two-tone scarf, which can dress up any look. M, W



Flamekeepers Hat Club
273 W 121st St, 212 531 3542,
The chapeau is a fine expression of style and cool, and at Flamekeepers, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for the modern man (or woman) in your orbit! Stop here to impress those for whom good taste is a must. M, W



2084 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr Blvd, 212 749 0400,
This upscale boutique for the fashion-conscious shopper is a must. Collar-less shirts with Afrocentric details are the hot item this season, and there are loads of shimmering holiday dresses for her, too. M, W



Harlem is ground zero for all the women and femmes you want to impress this season—from church mothers and co-workers to girlfriends and sorors.

The Brownstone
24 E 125th St, 212-996-7980,
The Brownstone dresses women for the important moments in her life with ethnically-inspired fashions like leather trimmed shawls or funky jewelry that are sure to be conversation starters. There are also one-of-a-kind gifts for home and special holiday cards, too. W, H


Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic
2119 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 917 309 6607,
They say true beauty lies within, but if you want your outer to reflect your inner, there’s no better place. From facials and chemical peels, to laser hair removal and waxing, HS&L has only one objective: to make skin beautiful. W, M



Polished Finger Tips
2119 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 212 222 4466,
Treat the well-groomed woman in your life to a salon 10 levels beyond the average nail shop. With an environment drenched in the sweet smells of aromatherapy, Polished offers unique treatments such as its extended manicure, an experience you’re sure to remember fondly. W, M



Ground the children in your life with unique, culturally-diverse gifts that can’t be found anywhere else.

A2Z Children’s Boutique
2220 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 212 932 2220,
Make the children in your life exceedingly cool with unique and fashion-forward finds at A2Z, whether it be a straw fedora for boys or faux fur vest for girls. There’s also baby gifts, shoes, and accessories. From newborn to size 14. K



Grandma’s Place
84 W 120th St, 212 360 6776,
Pick up ethnically diverse dolls, books (ages toddler through pre-teen), action figures, wooden puzzles, games and puppets—all hand selected and curated by Grandma herself, a retired Teacher of the Year award winner. K



Schomburg Center Gift Shop
515 Lenox Ave, 917 275 6975,
The Schomburg gift shop features all sorts of sweet chotskies for children drawing from an extensive selection of books through young adult reading levels, to culturally reflective dolls, posters, pins and buttons. K, M, W, H



Harlem Underground
20 E 125th St, 212 987 9385,
A Harlem staple for almost 20 years, Harlem Underground has a bevy of hats, t-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts that are sure to please even those hard to please teens. From black superheroes to jazz legends, HU is a mainstay because of its contemporary and quirky products. K, M, W



Whether it’s for your own home during the holidays, your best Martha Stewart/B.Smith-esque bud or hostess gift, the following shops have you covered:

191 Lenox Ave, 646 984 4926,
There’s literally something for everyone at Nilu, but we’ll focus on home. Find everything from framed original photography or collages from local artists, culturally reflective dinner wear, funky pillows and candles, or even disco ball ornaments for your trees. Proprietor Katrina Parris Pinn’s taste is unparalleled and your home finds here will be coveted by one and all. H, M, W, K, P

Serengeti Teas & Spices
2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 212 866 7100,
At the forefront of African tea gastronomy, Serengeti crafts unique botanical blends, sea salts and the loveliest tea sets in glass or cast iron. A Zen moment isn’t far away… H



Studio Museum
144 W 125th St, 212 864 4500,
As with most other museum gift shops, the Studio Museum delivers on wonderful gifts for the home like its best-selling “Black Is Beautiful” mugs and everything you need to celebrate Kwanzaa, including wooden hand-crafted kinaras and unity cups, candles and mkekas. H, K



Our four-legged friends are like family, and certainly deserve some TLC during the frenzied holidays, too. Make ’em howl with delight as they’re pampered and primped for prime time.

Mia’s Bathhouse for Pets
247 W 145th St, 212 694 8607,
There’s no hands your pet knows better than yours, so head over to New York’s premiere do-it-yourself dog wash to clean your pooch with your special touch for a fraction of the cost of dog groomers (and let Mia’s worry about the clean-up!), P



Harlem Doggie Day Spa
734 St Nicholas Ave, 646 386 7789,
If you’re away for the holidays, Harlem Doggie Day Spa has got you covered with the finest cage-free boarding, daycare and grooming facility around. Its 24-hour on-site dog staffing and two locations provides the best, most professional support for your pooch pals so you can rest easy. P




Harlem for the Holidays
Sat & Sun Dec 9-10; Dec 16-17, 12-6pm
The Gadson Gallery, 225 W 134th St, 212 694 0262,
Presented by the Harlem Aesthetic, Harlem for the Holidays focuses on promoting and preserving artists and artisans of the African Diaspora who spin and create everything from sculptured hats and quilts to leather bags and unique jewelry. Free.



Harlem Holiday Live! at Harlem School of the Arts Theater
Dec 8-10, Dec 15-17; Fri 7pm, Sat 3pm & 7pm, Sun 3pm
Harlem School of the Arts Theater
645 St Nicholas Ave, 212 926 4100,
Celebrate the holiday season with a multi-disciplinary performance by the HSA Theatre Alliance, Dorothy Maynor Singers, HSA Dance Ensemble and HSA Dance Junior Ensemble. $20 Advance, $25 Door, $15 Students & Seniors and Groups of 10 or more.


Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland at Apollo Theater
Sat, Dec 9, 2pm-6pm
Apollo Theater
253 W 125th St, 212 531 5300,
The Apollo transforms into a winter wonderland for the family to experience holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances. On this day, bring your new or used books, CDs, clothing and toys suitable for boys and girls ages 3 to 18 to benefit a local charity. All donations should be unwrapped. Free.



Shop NiLu Sip & Shop
Dec 7, 9, 10, 13, 16, 21
191 Lenox Ave , 646 964 4926,
Pick up a range of uniquely curated and variously priced gifts at Harlem gift shop Nilu, which features a vast range of local creators. Pick up unique gifts from scented candles to funky jewelry and kids books. Check the website for pop-up shops from artisans throughout December. Free.


Fantasia Christmas After Midnight: Celebrating Her Hits at Apollo Theater
Wed, Dec 13, 8pm
Apollo Theater
253 W 125th St, 212 531 5300,
Between soulful hits like “Truth Is,” and “When I See U,” Fantasia is a sure crowd pleaser. After wowing in The Color Purple, Fantasia returned to Broadway in 2013 in After Midnight, a dance-focused musical that celebrated Harlem’s iconic Cotton Club during the Harlem Renaissance. See it all at the legendary Apollo. Tickets start at $59.


Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night at Apollo Theater
Sat, Dec 30, 2-7:30pm
Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, 212 531 5300,
Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate Kwanzaa , a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the holiday’s principles around family, community and culture. $14-$35.



Hands On: Kuumba Kwanzaa! At The Studio Museum Harlem
Sun, Dec 31, 2-4 pm
Studio Museum Harlem, 144 W 125th St, 212 864 4500,
Children and adults can join together in celebrating Kuumba, the Kwanzaa principle of creativity. Engage in a variety of special art-making activities, explore the galleries in an interactive scavenger hunt and more! Free.

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